New Faculty Orientation &
Foundations of USU Teaching

The New Faculty Orientation & Foundations of USU Teaching event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost & Chief Academic Office. This event is designed for new instructors to connect to resources and collaborators across the USU system. New instructors at USU including tenure track, non-tenure track, lecturers, clinical faculty, and professional practice faculty are invited to participate. Join us to build a foundation to support your own professional development.

Event Agenda

Mon, Aug. 14, 2023 | 8:00am - 4:00pm |
Life Science Building (Logan Campus) 

  • Morning: New Faculty Orientation 
  • Afternoon: Foundations of USU Teaching

Full Schedule

New Faculty Orientation

Opening General Sessions | Life Science Building 133
8:00am - 12:00pm

Zoom Link


Continental Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks

Larry Smith



Positioning Yourself for Success at Utah State: Faculty Perspectives

John Ferguson,
Senior Lecturer, Huntsman School of Business, Faculty Senate Past President

Maureen Hearns
Associate Professor, Caine College of the Arts, Faculty Senate President

Vonda Jump Norman
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mario Suarez
Assistant Professor, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services


Morning Break


Office of Equity and Title IX

Emmalee Fishburn 
Prevention Specialist


Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Janet Anderson 
Senior Vice Provost, Senior Associate Vice President

Harrison Kleiner
Associate Vice Provost


Human Resources

Nicole Schrub
Associate Director Training and Development

Leslie Buxton
Training and Development Specialist


Lunch Break - LSB Lobby & Patio

Foundations of USU Teaching
General Session | Life Science Building 231
1:00pm - 2:50pm

Zoom Link


Introduction to Empowering Teaching Excellence

Travis N. Thurston
Director of Teaching Excellence, Provost's Office


Principles of Effective Teaching

Cree Taylor
Lecturer, English Department

Neal Legler

Director, Center for Instructional Design & Innovation


Understanding the USU Degree

Harrison Kleiner
Associate Vice Provost for General Education, Provost's Office



Workshops - Life Science Building

3:00pm - 4:00pm (select one)



Professional Development at USU
Zoom Link

Shelley Arnold
Instructional Coordinator, Provost's Office

This session introduces you to all of the programs, resources, and services that are available to you through Empowering Teaching Excellence (ETE).



Getting Started with Canvas
Zoom Link

Gretchen Blackburn
Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

This workshop covers signing in, creating assignments and setting up the Gradebook, using modules, pages, and files, and updating profile and notification settings. Topics are subject to change based on the experience of attendees and what is needed.


USU Instructor Collaborators
Zoom Link

Dory Rosenberg
Coordinator, USU Libraries
Neal Legler
Director, Center for Instructional Design & Innovation
Melanie Chambers
Learning Specialist, Office of Academic Belonging & Learning Excellence
Jillian Morley
Assistant Director, Career Design Center
Nathan Laursen
Senior Data Analyst, Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation

USU has a large number of instructor collaborators that are meant to support faculty in their teaching responsibilities, During this session, new instructors will be introduced to a handful of these collaborators and be presented with what these units do and how they are meant to support instructors. Units that will be present include USU Libraries, Center for Instructional Design & Innovation, Office of Academic Belonging & Learning Excellence, Career Design Center, and the Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation. 


LSB 127A

Affordable Learning Resources
Zoom Link

Stephanie Western
Open Educational Resources Program Manager, USU Libraries

Eighty-five percent of USU students delay or skip purchasing course materials because they cannot afford them. In this session you will learn about Library programs that will help you find, adapt, and assign quality free and low-cost materials that have already saved USU students over $4 million in textbook costs.

Open House - Distance Education Building

4:00pm - 4:30pm 

DE 101

(first floor)

Academic Media Production

Meet the AMP team and learn about the resources available in the video studio and audio studio

DE 106


Classroom Innovation Lab

Learn about the new innovative technologies that you could integrate into your own courses

DE 309

(third floor)    

Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

Meet your instructional designer and learn about resources and services for using Canvas and technology to support your teaching

New Faculty Event

Event Information


Melanie Ivans
Executive Assistant to the Provost
(435) 797-1167

Shelley Arnold
Instructional Coordinator
(315) 480-0882

Parking & Location Maps

Distance Education Building (DE)
Life Science Building (LSB)
Big Blue Parking Terrace
If you don't already have a Logan Campus parking pass, please plan to park in the Big Blue Parking Terrace, which is located at 850 E 700 N, in front of the Taggart Student Center (TSC).

Digital Handouts

Access Session Handouts

Technology Support

Contact IT Service Desk
(435) 797-4357 Live Chat

More Resources

ETE Conference

Remember to register for the ETE Conference

Wed, Aug 16th, 2023
8:30 am - 4:40 pm

More About ETE Conference


Participants in the ETE10 program earn digital badges, or microcredentials, designed in a three-tiered framework based on documentation of teaching improvement activities, and can earn two culminating certificates.

More About ETE10